Bussing Around Spain
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Dec 17, 2012 11:49 PM Last Post By: gawkabout
Dec 12, 2012 5:01 PM
Bussing Around SpainIn total, we were planning on spending a week in Madrid and a week in Barcelona. I have a hard time gauging these things, because I could find a month's worth of stuff to do easily even in the smallest time, so do you think that's enough--or will we leave feeling like we haven't seen much at all?
Also, we plan on bussing from Barcelona to Pamplona for the running of the bulls. I know this community is (justifiably) negative towards things insanely crowded with tourists, but I want to know from others who've been there if it's worth it.
I'm looking for suggestions for any absolute must-see destinations on the way from Barcelona to Madrid and Madrid down to Gibraltar by way of the Costa del Sol. We're looking for places we'd absolutely regret not stopping at with really cheap (11-15 euro a night) hostels. It sounds stupid, but I'm interested in every kind of terrain, level of urbanity, etc. Granada/Zaragoza, for example--worth it? Valencia worth a detour? Sitges worth the day trip?
Lastly, we want to find a beach on the Sun Coast but are having difficulty differentiating them. They all seem to have cheap hostels, lots of good food, and beautiful beaches. Right now we're looking at Marbella, Fuengirola, Benalmeda, Nerja, Almunecar, and Malaga? Any advice on which to choose?
Sorry this is all over the place. I would appreciate any advice you have to offer.
Dec 13, 2012 12:04 AM
1A week in those cities (with a couple of daytrips) is not too much at all...for me.Depends on you and what you like doing.....
On the bulls...I've done it (once..and that was enough).
Haven't done the stoning yet (though I did see a public execution in China...that was hanging though).Once was enough for that one as well.........
Dec 13, 2012 6:45 AM
2do you think that's enough--or will we leave feeling like we haven't seen much at all?
It's enough for most people.
It sounds stupid, but I'm interested in every kind of terrain, level of urbanity, etc. Granada/Zaragoza, for example--worth it? Valencia worth a detour? Sitges worth the day trip?
If you are interested in every/any thing any place will worth it for you. If you think a place couldn't worth it, that's because you aren't interested in some type of places and we would need to know which are those places in order to provide a more accurate answer.
Dec 13, 2012 4:21 PM
3Once talked to a guy who told me that he got to go to a doubleheader in Saudia Arabia.
Dec 14, 2012 2:16 AM
4Either a week is too much for Barcelona or a year is not enough.
A week gives you time to go see Monseratt.
A week in Madrid gives you time for Segovia AND Toledo.
You won't need a car.
watch your stuff in both cities.
I STOPPED IN SEVILLE BY ACCIDENT ALMOST.
Talked with a yank who spent 300E on a list of apartments.
Been here mas o menos ten years.
with occasional six months back in Texas.
Dec 14, 2012 3:15 AM
5I found four days each for Madrid and Barcelona to be enough.
Madrid has day trips to Toledo and Segovia as others have said but there isn't that much to see in the city itself.
Barcelona is a nicer city with nicer attractions but none of them take half day/whole day to see/experience.
Most people visit Seville and Granada between Madrid and Barca. How much you enjoy those depends how much you enjoy cathedrals and Muslim architecture. You could easily overdose on places of worship.
Dec 14, 2012 3:56 AM
If I did that, I would undoubtedly be left with a feeling I haven't seen much at all. I wouldn't even spend a third of that time there. But I'm not a fan of either Madrid or Barcelona, you may be.
I have never been there and will never go, both due to crowds and the fact that most of the runners are English-speaking tourists, but also because its just such a ridiculously bad value for money. I would be wary of inexperienced traveler reports. Going to San Fermin is an expensive purchase, and people will go out of their way to justify it.
There are just so many different places. Zaragoza, Teruel, Albarracin, Cuenca in Aragon. Baeza, Ubeda, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, etc in Andalusia. There are also other fantastic places like Alquezar, which offers some fantastic rock climbing. You just need to do more research, and pitch us ideas.
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